Russian Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Ruslan Balbek called for Ukraine not to politicize the Eurovision Song Contest, RIA Novosti reports. Balbek’s comment came after Crimean Tatar singer Jamala won the regional qualifiers for Eurovision and chosen to represent Ukraine in this year’s contest.
“Using art figures for political provocation, as a rule, leads to popular rejection. Jamala risks unconsciously becoming an accomplice to the blockade of the Crimea,” Balbek said.
Jamala will represent Ukraine with the song called 1944 about the deportation of Crimean Tatars. Russian authorities of Crimea are concerned that the song will be used “to impose an artificially created image of the alleged persecution of the Crimean Tatars in the Russian Crimea on the European audience”.